Coaching a Girls on the Run program is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls!
Watch this video and hear it firsthand from GOTR volunteer coaches!
“Every lesson hit home for me and felt so important to pass along to the girls. On one practice run one of my girls turned to me and said, ‘I have never felt as strong as I do today!!!’ Victory!!”
Are you ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? Here’s how:
- Read below about the various coaching positions available & decide which one is best for you.
- Submit a New Coach Application or Returning Coach Application*
*Please only complete a returning coach application if you have coached for GOTRRI; if you have served as a GOTR coach elsewhere, please complete a new coach application.
- We will contact you to discuss potential coaching opportunities upon receipt of your application.
GOTR Coach Roles:
Before the season starts, ALL Volunteer Coaches must complete an application, attend GOTR training and complete a background check; Head & Assistant Coaches must hold current CPR/AED & First Aid certification.
Head Coach: The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately four hours per week (two sessions/week) for a 10-week commitment. The head coach must be at least 21 years of age, female and able to attend BOTH sessions each week. *Head Coaches must be CPR and First Aid certified.
Assistant Coach: The Assistant Coach assists the Head Coach at a Girls on the Run program site while serving as a role model and mentor for program participants. The position entails approximately four hours per week (two sessions/week) for a 10-week commitment. Assistant coaches must be at least 18 years of age and able to attend BOTH sessions each week. *Assistant Coaches must be CPR and First Aid certified.
Junior Coach: The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for individuals 16-18 years of age to assist the Head & Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-4 hours per week for a 10-week commitment.
Substitute Coach: The Substitute Coach is a volunteer position for individuals at least 18 years of age to fill in at a site when the Head or Assistant Coaches cannot be there. Substitute coaches must be available and “on-call” at least one day a week during after-school hours for the duration of the 10-week program.
Team Adelaide: Team Adelaide is a volunteer position available to past coaches who are not able to make the full commitment to coaching, but would like to remain involved in the organization. Members of Team Adelaide help to ensure quality, consistent programming and maintain the relationship between the council and sites.
To read the full job description of each coaching role click here.
Girls on the Run National Coach Training (NCT)
Launched in 2016 by Girls on the Run International and led by certified council staff, NCT prepares coaches to provide the best experience for girls in our program. The training is a blended model based on research in the field, council input, positive youth development practices and adult learning principles. In the interest of improved program quality and consistency, all coaches, new and returning alike, must complete NCT. Learn more about the NCT Initiative, benefits and intended outcomes.
Have questions? Check out the Coaching FAQs & contact our Program Staff for more information:
Program Manager, Grace Savage: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Coordinator, Stephanie Moore: email@example.com